03 Jan Understanding Fixed Base Operators and Their Critical Role in Aviation
A number of key service providers contribute to the aviation industry, including commercial carriers, corporate aviation, airport sponsors and on-airport service providers such as FBOs. The term “Fixed Base Operator” of FBO is extremely relevant and well-established in North America and parts of Europe, while the role is developing in many other parts of the world, including the Middle East and Asia. In this post, we will talk about Fixed Base Operators and the kind of work they do. Also, we will have a quick look at the things that matter in selecting FBO management services, especially if you are looking to maximize the value of your aviation assets.
The need for filling the gaps
Have you ever wondered who manages general aviation or private terminals at an airport? Do commercial carriers really provide every service themselves, such as gate services, boarding, and other in-flight and airport services? Often they hire FBO management services for the job. FBOs refer to service companies that operate within an airport, and hence the term “fixed base”. A particular FBO may have multiple locations, but their efforts are focused on providing ground service. While FBOs tend to concentrate on core line services, there is a vast array of ancillary services they can provide. Before we talk of the services they offer, it is important to understand that fixed base operators are critical and required at every airport. While they may work for many parties at the same airport they do some of the most significant jobs related to aviation management.
What services do they offer?
In general, fixed base operators work on services related to aircraft movement and storage at different airports. The complete portfolio of services they offer at any given airport will depend upon the permitted services in their lease with the airport and the local demand for these services. At almost every airport the core services for an FBO consist of the handling, fueling and hangaring of general aviation aircraft. They may also provide ground handling services to commercial airlines. In addition, many are considered “full service” in that they also provide aviation Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) and Aircraft Charter and Management (ACM) services. Their role depends on many factors, including their expertise, and they usually excel in more many functions due to the scarcity of FBOs.
Hiring a FBO
When it comes to selecting FBO management, most aviation asset owners want to retain control and maximize the value of their assets through professional management. A professional FBO management company can bring industry leading best practices to an individual airport or an across a network of locations. Professional FBO management can provide turn-key solutions with real time reporting to ensure that strict safety standards and high service levels are being met and that financial goals are being realized.
If you want to maximize the value of your aviation assets, you should consider using professional FBO management and request a statement of qualifications and capabilities from an experienced company.